Be Among the First! Purchase an Engraved Brick and Etch Your Name in History

Logo-target-nostarIn celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary in 2017, the LLCC Foundation is introducing the SteppingSTONES recognition brick program.  You can be among the first to purchase an engraved 4” x 8” brick with the inscription of your choice for $100 or an 8” x 8” brick paver for $250.

Proceeds benefit the LLCC Foundation’s Grow Beyond Endowment Fund which assists students through scholarships and emergency, short-term help, responds quickly to new initiatives, and creates flexible, state-of-the-art learning environments.

img_0869Your brick will be installed in the spring of 2017 in the SteppingSTONES courtyard which will be located just outside of the A. Lincoln Commons on the Springfield campus.  Bricks will encircle the tree dedicated in memory of Jan Sanderson, assistant to the President for 21 years.

Purchase an engraved brick today by completing an online order form at www.llccfoundation.org/stepping-stones or complete the printable form and return to the Foundation.  twobricks

Bricks are limited and are being offered to the rest of the community as well.   Literally etch your name in stone – or that of someone dear to you – by purchasing an engraved brick today! For more information, please contact the LLCC Foundation at 6-2785.

Phi Theta Kappa hosts Escape the Room

PTK presents “Escape the Room” today from 1-4 p.m. in Menard Hall 2219. The program will work in 30 minute increments and all donations will benefit the LLCC Food Pantry. Admission/donation suggestions include: ready-to-eat item like trail mix, raisins, mac & cheese cups, granola bars, water bottles or cash. PTK invites you to join them to Escape the Room and help our community Escape from Hunger!

Is Domestic Violence Preventable?

Throughout the month of October, SAVE Task Force has focused on educating others on the signs of domestic violence and highlighting the complexities of this type of violence and abuse. We know that domestic violence effects 12 million people per year in the United States alone. We know that this type of violence carries a national economic cost of $8.3 billion per year. 40% of homicides worldwide are perpetrated by the victim’s intimate partner. America has a female homicide rate almost 5 times higher than other high-income countries, but experts say this type of homicide is one of the most predictable and preventable.  So what can we do to help prevent intimate partner violence?

Effective prevention strategies require community investment, collaboration, and participation across all sectors, between violence prevention fields, and among related health and social justice movements. No single program can change the environmental factors and norms that contribute to intimate partner violence. Preventing violence means changing our society and its institutions—eliminating attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, environments and policies that contribute to violence and promoting those that stop the violence. James Mercy, Director of the Division of Violence Prevention with the CDC, noted the importance of teaching safe and healthy relationships, disrupting the development of abusive behaviors between generations, providing protective environments (work, school, etc.), and supporting survivors (October 2016). Primary prevention efforts impact several modifiable factors associated with intimate partner violence, such as reducing acceptance of violence, challenging social norms, practices, and policies that place girls and women at increased risk, and confronting gender and racial injustice.

While domestic violence is not a problem that will be easily solved by a single approach, there are things we can do in our everyday lives that support the multidisciplinary social change necessary. The Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence recommends these “15 Ways you can Help Stop Domestic Violence.” These steps include actions such as: modeling a non-violent, respectful response to resolving conflicts; calling the police if you witness violence in progress; evaluating mass media and entertainment for messages that encourage violence, specifically violence against women, and refusing to support music, movies, businesses, and media producers that perpetuate these types of messages; and giving your time and/or money to your local domestic violence resource centers.

As we wrap up Domestic Violence Awareness month, we would like to thank all those who have attended, assisted, or encouraged others to participate in SAVE’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month programs. In addition to the steps outlined above, SAVE suggests encouraging your co-workers, employees, or students to participate in educational programming on campus to help increase the level of awareness and accurate education on gender-based violence. For more information on SAVE programming and upcoming events, contact Shelby Bedford at shelby.bedford@llcc.edu or Leslie Johnson at leslie.johnson@llcc.edu.

Happening Today

The LLCC Chemistry Club is hosting the fourth annual “Haunted Lab” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield campus. Pre-registration is required at www.llcc.edu/haunted-lab.

LLCC’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Feminist Activist Coalition (FAC) and Psychology Club are hosting the Zombie Prom, 6-9 p.m. in the Student Union, Menard Hall.

Congratulations, Michelle Burger!

img_1674Congratulations to Michelle Burger on being the recipient of LLCC’s “On My Own Time” People’s Choice Award!  Michelle’s photography entry “Vivaciousness” received the highest number of votes.  She receives a $50 VISA gift card, courtesy of the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum.

Ten entries in LLCC’s exhibit will move on to the OMOT city-wide exhibit, which will be at the Springfield Art Association (SAA), 700 N. Fourth Street, from December 2-21. The city-wide awards, as well as the best of show award will be announced at a reception at the SAA for all OMOT participants to be held on December 6, from 6-8 p.m.

Thank you again to all these talented LLCC colleagues participating in this year’s exhibit.

Michelle Burger ~ Esteban Cruz ~ Pam Daniel ~ Wendy Howerter ~ Tricia Kujawa ~ Brenda Protz ~ Sue Rush ~ Jan Szoke ~ Greg Walbert

Fall film series continues Thursday, Nov. 3

The film “¡No!” will be shown on Thursday, Nov. 3, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Trutter Center. The event is part of LLCC’s fall film and discussion series entitled “Through a Different Lens” and is hosted by Ashley Green, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; Paul Van Heuklom, professor of English; and Joseph Hoff, Ph.D., professor of Spanish. There is no charge to attend.

Gael García Bernal stars in “¡No!” (2012), a film that recalls the pivotal moment in Chilean history when the citizens of the country are offered an historically unique opportunity to rid themselves of the country’s dictatorship.

Attendees are also invited to arrive early to view culturally relevant artifacts on display from the college’s Trutter collection, and view the exhibit “Trutter: Black and White,” featuring photos of landmarks designed by Philip Trutter.

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“Inspirational Professors” ad series wins regional award

LLCC’s Public Relations and Marketing office won a bronze (third place) award in the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 3 Medallion Awards competition in the category of “Print Ad, Series” for the Inspirational Professors campaign. District 3 covers community colleges in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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Goody bags for United Way donors!

goody-bagFree jeans day! Free movie rental! M&Ms! These and more are included in the United Way goody bags given to each donor, courtesy of LLCC Student United Way. And, donors’ names go into a drawing for one of five gift baskets, including a “Trader Joe’s Favorites” basket. See all of the baskets on display at the Professional Development Day luncheon Tuesday. You can also fill out your pledge form there if you prefer, or send it to your employee group representative by Nov. 4: Tiffany Andrews, classified; Nicole Ralph, administrative; Greg Walbert, professional; Tara Walk, faculty.

Chemistry Club hosts “Haunted Lab” Friday

The LLCC Chemistry Club is hosting the fourth annual “Haunted Lab” Friday, Oct. 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. Children five and older and parents/guardians are invited to the free event. Pre-registration is required at www.llcc.edu/haunted-lab.

Haunted LabChildren will see “spooky” science demonstrations and learn about experiments they can do at home. Experiments will be conducted by club members under the guidance of Jennifer Ramm, LLCC professor of chemistry. Children are welcome to wear Halloween costumes to the event. Halloween treats will be available for purchase.

Science demonstration shows will run about 20 minutes long and will take place in rooms 2213 and 2215 on the upper level of Sangamon Hall. Shows begin every 15 minutes at 5, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, 6, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45 and 7 p.m. Children will see bubbles, color changes, fire and much more as they learn about science. While waiting for shows to begin, children can participate in hands-on activities and face painting across the hall in room 2216.